Chess In Concert: Chess In Concert

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Anatoly Sergievsky
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David Bedella ...
Kerry Townsend ...
Svetlana Sergievsky (as Kerry Ellis)
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Christopher Colley ...
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Debbie Kurup ...
Christian Lund ...
Leonid Viigand
Aoife Mulholland ...
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Chess In Concert: Chess In Concert

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Walter de Courcy: Anatoly's return to the Soviet Union is a very decent gesture It's virtually assured us some very important collateral including your father. He must have done it for you, he wouldn't have done it for me. We'll get your father out if he's still alive.
Florence Vassy: What did you say?
Walter de Courcy: Well, we can't be sure he is alive. But, then, you couldn't be sure he was dead. No change there, ah? You'll be back next year. It's only a game.
Florence Vassy: No! I've spent my whole life playing games.
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Referenced in RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race: The Grand Finale (2012) See more »

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Endgame #1
Music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Performed by The Company
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Disappointing overall
30 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Josh Groban was surprisingly good singing musical theater. I'd like to see him do more in the future.

Idina Menzel did sound like she was shouting most of her performance. I don't think this was a good part for her, it was kind of jarring when taken with the whole performance.

Kerry Ellis was vastly underused.

Adam Pascal was unexpectedly excellent as The American. I figured he'd do well, but his performance was really a treat in this performance.

I realize this piece has been a work in progress for what - 25? 30 years now? But I don't think it's any great improvement on the original concept album. Tim Rice once commented on his disappointment in the relative commercial failure of Chess - that I think the changes made to this show over the time have only made it choppier and, yes, a little dumbed down for the populace. It's too bad - if you haven't heard it, get the original concept album (with Elaine Paige, NOT the US Broadway cast album) and listen to it. It's a gem.


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